J-PAL Courses

J-PAL courses help implementers, policymakers, and researchers become better producers and users of evidence and equip learners worldwide with skills in data analysis and economics. Explore J-PAL's course offerings below.

In Person Open Enrollment Courses

J-PAL’s in-person, open-enrollment courses are designed for professionals from non-profit organizations, government agencies, and philanthropic foundations. Courses are held at set dates during the calendar year and are taught by J-PAL-affiliated researchers and senior staff.

Evaluating Social Programs: J-PAL's flagship executive education course is a five-day training that equips participants with resources and knowledge to engage with randomized evaluations of social programs. Offered annually at several J-PAL offices around the world, the course is tailored to the needs of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Learn more about Evaluating Social Programs.

Measurement and Survey Design: This annual three-day course is hosted by J-PAL South Asia and introduces basic survey and data collection methodologies to researchers, M&E professionals, and other individuals interested in gaining essential skills for collecting high quality primary data. Learn more about Measurement and Survey Design.

Custom Courses

J-PAL can design a custom course for your organization with content tailored to a specific sector (e.g., health or education), geographic region, or level of technical detail. J-PAL custom courses can be taught in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indonesian. Learn more about J-PAL's custom courses.

Online Courses

J-PAL’s online training courses bring our capacity-building materials on impact evaluation to a worldwide audience. Courses run in regular intervals in topics ranging from how to implement randomized evaluations to health research and policy. Learn more about our online course offerings.

MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy

The DEDP MicroMasters program is a collaboration between J-PAL, MIT Economics, and MITx. Through a series of five online courses, learners gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, and data analysis. Learners who receive the MicroMasters credential are eligible to apply to a Master's program at MIT. Learn more about the MicroMasters credential.

Diploma in Impact Evaluation of Public Policy and Social Programs

The Diploma in Impact Evaluation of Public Policy and Social Programs is a collaborative effort between the Economic Department of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and J-PAL LAC. Students in this program will get the necessary tools to design and understand the results of rigorous program evaluations. Learn more about the PUC Diploma.

Research Staff Training

J-PAL and IPA host three research staff trainings annually for employees of J-PAL, IPA, and Evidence for Policy Design, or other research staff working on randomized evaluations led by J-PAL-affiliated researchers. Learn more about Research Staff Training.

Upcoming Courses

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J-PAL/MIT Evaluating Social Programs Course, 2022

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Live via Zoom
Held live over Zoom, this five-day training will equip participants with the resources and knowledge to engage with impact evaluations of social programs. The interactive course provides an in-depth look at why and when randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure social impact, methods...
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Evidence-Informed Policymaking in Germany and Beyond

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Bonn, Germany
This event will bring together German domestic policymakers, implementers, and actors of the German development cooperation to discuss and learn about evidence use and rigorous impact evaluation. Together we would like to work towards more evidence-informed programming and policymaking in Germany...
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Summer School: Development Methodologies

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Abdijan, Côte d'Ivoire
As part of the "Development Methodologies" Professorship held by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, a summer school for African researchers and policymakers will be organised from 5 to 8 July 2022 in Abidjan, on the campus of the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA).
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École d’été: Méthodologies du Développement

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Abdijan, Côte d'Ivoire
Dans le cadre de la Chaire «Méthodologies du Développement» portée par Abhijit Banerjee et Esther Duflo, une école d’été pour chercheurs et décideurs africains sera organisée du 5 au 8 juillet 2022 à Abidjan, sur le campus de L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d'Economie Appliquée (ENSEA...
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J-PAL Africa Evaluating Social Programs Course, 2022

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Abuja, Nigeria
This five-day course on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation.
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Evaluation des Programmes Sociaux, 2022 - Formation J-PAL Afrique

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Abuja, Nigeria
Au cours de cinq journées de formation, les participants comprendront pourquoi et quand une évaluation rigoureuse d’impact social est nécessaire, quelles sont les différentes méthodes possibles et comment concevoir une évaluation randomisée dans des conditions pratiques réelles.